ISLE OF MAN – Norton has announced an all-British two-man line up for their 2013 Isle of Man TT Races fueled by Monster Energy campaign.
The Donington Park based factory outfit has signed Nottingham’s Dan Hegarty. Hegarty will partner Runcorn based Ian Mackman, who will return to the TT on Norton’s distinctive SG1 for his second year.
Hegarty, 25, made his Isle of Man TT debut in 2010 and has a fastest lap of 121.731 mph (18m35.80s), which he clocked in last year’s Superbike Race. He also achieved his best place, 20th, in last year’s Monster Energy Supersport 1 Race.
Mackman, the 2011 TT Privateer champion became the first rider for 20 years to qualify a factory built Norton machine for a race during the 2012 TT Races. However, he was unable to race the V4 machine as the Senior TT was cancelled due to bad weather.
“We are delighted that Norton is again competing at the TT in 2013,” said Paul Phillips, TT and Motorsport Development manager. They’ve shown their commitment to the event with a strong two-man team as they continue their racing development in a bid to get back to being a competitive force on the Mountain Course. The team’s energy, excitement and sheer determination to be successful at the TT epitomises the spirit of racing.”
“We wholly support the organisers and all those involved in making the TT the special event that it is,” said Norton CEO Stuart Garner. “Norton’s continued investment in developing bikes and its team shows their total confidence in the most prestigious and inspirational motorcycle racing in the world.”